Scottish Daily Mail - - Good Health -

£29.99 for 30 cap­sules, hol­lan­dand­bar­

CLAIM: An ex­tract from French mar­itime pine bark ‘con­tain­ing proan­tho­cyani­dins (plant pig­ments with an­tiox­i­dant prop­er­ties), or­ganic acids and other bi­o­log­i­cally ac­tive com­po­nents’. A study pub­lished in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Phys­i­cal Fit­ness found that recre­ational ath­letes tak­ing a daily sup­ple­ment of 100-150g of pycnogenol re­ported re­duced mus­cle pain and cramp­ing be­cause of its abil­ity to im­prove blood flow to the mus­cles and con­trol free rad­i­cal dam­age.

EX­PERT VER­DICT: ‘There is some re­search to sug­gest a daily pycnogenol sup­ple­ment may help to pro­tect mus­cle fi­bres from the rise in free rad­i­cals that can oc­cur im­me­di­ately af­ter ex­er­cise. How­ever, more stud­ies are needed to prove this sup­ple­ment can re­duce mus­cle pain and cramp­ing.’

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